Product Description Review "If you ask me how I want to be remembered it is as a winner. You know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort who has tried the hardest they possibly can who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they accomplished it or failed it means that they've given it their best. That's a winner." —Walter Payton Amazon.com Review Walter Payton's premature passing forced a rethinking of his autobiography that completely sidesteps the self-importance that dominates sports memoirs in general. Never Die Easy isn't a traditional autobiography at all. It's an oral history disguised as autobiography that relates the saga of the most exquisite running back in NFL history through an interweaving of Payton's words and the words of those who knew him with necessary transitions and narrative bridged by his collaborator. The result is an appealing hybrid that mirrors Payton's quiet modesty. "He had not just been a great football player" writes Yaeger "he had been a role model in an age when role models were in short supply." The Payton that emerges is a man of great skill decency passion and charity: a man beloved. Naturally there's lots of football in Never Die Easy --the title comes from a saying of Payton's college coach--with eyewitness testimony provided by the likes of Mike Ditka Mike Singletary Jim McMahon Franco Harris Matt Suhey and even Jim Brown whose career rushing record Payton leaped over. But there is also lots of family: the voices of his wife children brother and sister are heard. But mostly there is Walter Payton. It's his own unmistakably high-pitched voice that resonates throughout; he sets down the melody and the others harmonize. Payton was certainly astute about the game and his abilities forthcoming both in triumph and failure--his unsuccessful attempt at winning the NFL franchise in St. Louis was a terrible post-career blow--and utterly decent. How many other superstar athletes could say convincingly "Too many of us only take. We don't give." Payton gave to the end--a man who died for want of an organ was willing and eager to donate his own. It was the ultimate testimony of his refined unforgettable Sweetness. Never Die Easy offers a fair honest appreciative taste. --Jeff Silverman See all Product Description
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